Calcium is important for our bone health. We can get it from our diet, but also from calcium supplements. However, it seems that those pills are not good for all of us. According to a new study, older women who had a stroke and took those supplements can develop dementia over a five-year period.
The study shows that there is a link between those pills and dementia, but it does not prove that they are responsible for dementia. There will be more studies before finding an official answer. The researchers used the data from 700 women between 70 and 92 years old. They did not have dementia when the study started. The women were asked if they were taking calcium supplements and tested their memory skills. They found out that, after five years, 59 women developed dementia and 54 of them had strokes during this period. The study was published in Neurology, on Aug 17.
It seems that the risk of developing dementia was higher for women who were taking calcium supplements. Those who had dementia also had signs of cerebrovascular disease or had a heart-attack.
It seems that 6 of 15 women who had a stroke and took those pills developed dementia. Only 12 of 93 women who had a stroke, but did not take the supplements developed dementia during the same period. The scientists are trying to find out more about this problem and how harmful this supplements can be for older women. We should expect more studies, with more participants. However, what we know it that we should pay more attention when taking calcium supplements.
We need calcium if we want our body to function well. It protects us from cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Most of the American do not have enough calcium in their diet, especially older man and women. It is better to take the calcium you need from cheese, milk, vegetables or fish than from pills.
Dementia is an general term used to describe a decline in mental ability. There are many types of dementia. The most common type is Alzheimer’s. Its symptoms affect memory, communication, and language, ability to focus. Patients are starting to forget important things and some of them don’t remember their relatives. There is no official cure for dementia. However, diet and exercise can keep you healthy.
What do you think? Are calcium supplements bad for our health?
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